With the New Year’s festivities behind us, we braved the cold weather for another Dessert Friday. Our original plan was to hit up Banana Leaf, a popular Malaysian place in Milpitas. Upon arriving Banana Leaf we found a restaurant overflowing so we kept on moving. I was thinking we’d try the Italian place near Safeway, but on our way we noticed a “Grand Opening” sign on a restaurant named Zahir’s. European and Californian Cuisine the sign said so we made the detour.
Zahir’s has taken over an old Baker’s Square building and while they whitewashed the building, it still looks like a generic chain restaurant building. Inside was nicer, though the booths still remain. They’ve done a good job with the what they had. We were greeted by a very nice gentleman (who we learned later was the owner) and were gently whisked to a side booth away from the main diners. We never mind this kind of treatment given that we have a toddler in tow.
We were given the dessert menu and debated between several items. We eventually settled on the lemon ice cream and the cheesecake. After a few minutes we were brought the chocolate pyramid. The waitress dropped it off and left before we could tell her that we hadn’t ordered that dessert. We waited for 5 minutes or so but since no one ever came back to check on us, I had to get the owner to fix the situation. The waitress came back to take the previous dessert and told us accusingly that that is what she had heard us order. She must have been confused while we debated what we wanted to order. We did sneak a picture before they took it away.
Eventually our real orders came. The hit of the evening was the lemon ice cream covered with crushed meringue. The ice cream had the perfect tartness and the meringue added some nice texture. We were surprised that Maya dug in and enjoyed it as she’s usually not big an things that are too lemony.
The owner stopped by to check on us and unfortunately Maya got scared (sometimes she freaks out with some people) and cried for a bit. When she gets scared she closes her eyes and refuses to open them. We kept spooning mouthfuls of ice cream to keep the crying down. When she finally opened her eyes and looked around to see that no one was behind her, she was fine and continued eating happily. They brought her some strawberries and chocolate which was a nice touch and she happily munched away on the strawberries, ignoring the chocolate.
The cheesecake was good, but not spectacular. There was certainly nothing wrong with it, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to order it. I was surprised that Maya wasn’t a big fan of cheesecake, she tried some then went right back to the ice cream.
With the exception of the ordering mix-up we liked the restaurant. We’re very happy that there’s some non-chain places in that part of town. We didn’t take a look at the main menu, but we hope they do well.
please note that the urban spoon location is wrong (they’ve moved). The new address is:
174 Calaveras Boulevard
Milpitas, CA 95035